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Shamanic Lessons, The Seahawks And 12th Cat

Shamanic Lessons, the Seahawks and 12th Cat

Two years ago if anyone had suggested that one day I would become an avid Seahawks fan and experience a shamanic lesson while watching a football game I would have thought they were a little crazy.

Shamanism and football? What could one possibly have to do with the other? Apparently a lot when the football team we are talking about is the Seattle Seahawks.

Last year, inspired by the Super Bowl fever that swept Seattle, I wrote Go, Sea Hawks! which touched upon the energetic and spiritual significance of animal/team totems.

This year I have been swept up in the enthusiasm of friends, neighbors and total strangers wearing the team colors—the 12’s. For those of you who might not know, the number “12” represents all the fans who support a football team. According to Wikipedia, “As most football leagues allow a maximum of eleven players per team on the playing field at a time, referring to a team’s fans as the 12th man implies that they have a potentially helpful role in the game.”

As someone new to being a fan I feel that Seattle takes the concept to a whole new level. Symbols have power, and Seattleites fiercely embrace their roles as 12’s. The number 12 is being worn by almost everyone on shirts, hats, jackets, scarves, etc. As a banner the 12 hangs from porches and windows, is stuck to cars in magnet form, and appears after dark in lights on one office building in downtown Seattle. The iconic Space Needle is lit by the team colors and proudly flies the 12 flag.

Shamanism is based on the belief everyone is connected by lines of energy—what affects one, affects all. This belief is most commonly represented as All Our Relations—kinship with all life in its many forms—but it can also be applied to the concept of the 12th Man.

In my role as a shaman or medicine person it could be said that Seattle is my village. I wanted to support my village so I began watching the games. Growing up with a mother who was passionate about football I had some awareness of the rules, but would never have called myself a fan. That began to change this year as I surrendered to the enthusiasm of the 12’s and became a 12th Man.

During the first game I watched my normally quiet household was electrified by my cheering and yelling. My 18 year-old cat Cougar took it in stride (or maybe simply did not hear me since his hearing has declined), however Sand totally freaked out. Her eyes were huge, and she wondered if we were under attack. I reassured her that in this case my yelling was a good thing, and that I was happy. From then on she became a fan, and would caterwaul along with me in her Siamese-style voice. It appeared that the team had acquired a 12th Cat as well as a new 12th Man/Shaman.

Then came the big game. The Championship game everyone is still talking about—Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks.

I was nervous for our team—would we make it to the Super Bowl again? As the game progressed and we were scoreless going into halftime I still felt hopeful, but the tension was wearing on me. I sent Reiki to myself and to the situation for the highest good, but by the third quarter Green Bay was still in charge and we were still scoreless, and I began to feel a sense of hopelessness weighing me down. It looked like there would not be enough time to pull it together.

By now Sand had settled into lying on me in reassurance, and I realized that the downward spiral of my belief was an old emotional pattern, and one that I definitely did not want to keep. I realized that I was not living in the moment—I was projecting into the future. The football was still in play and anything could happen. Shamanically and energetically our vision, support and positive intent make a difference in the world. As a 12th Man I did not want to be a drag on the team—I needed to shift my downward spiral and clear that piece of old, stuck energy with the assistance of my shamanic allies, which I did—all while the game continued.

I sat in front of my TV with perspective restored. Feeling rather like the little boy in The Polar Express who had difficulty believing in Santa Claus, I chanted, “I believe, I believe, I believe,” and put my heart into it. I committed.

And then the miracle happened. With only minutes remaining the Seahawks made some amazing plays that had me yelling joyfully, and Sand was yelling right along with me. The score was now tied.

The game went into overtime and I was on the edge of my seat. Sand’s tail was all bushy from the excitement, and I kept trying to calm her down. When the Seahawks scored the game-winning touchdown both the stadium and my living room went crazy. I was so overcome I was both cheering and crying, and Sand was yelling and dancing around me with her tail all bushy, demanding to be picked up. As I looked down at her I decided that we were all getting Seahawks gear—shirts for me and a Seahawks collar for one of the cats. We were now officially fans.

Seahawks Flag, Rose and 12th Cat Manitou ©Rose De Dan www.reikishamanic.comDo I think that the Seahawks won because I believed? Shamanically-speaking the 12’s may have helped, but I think the Seahawks won because they stayed positive. They never stopped living in the moment and believing. What awed and inspired me was the power of their belief—what matters is how you play the game. It is important that you live your life with passion—bringing the best of who you are to every moment—and that you believe in yourself.

I do want the Seahawks to win their second back-to-back Super Bowl, and I believe they can do it. Feline-powerhouse-in-beast-mode Manitou volunteered to wear the 12th Cat collar, I have my game-day shirt, Sand is in fine voice, and there is now a Seahawks flag hanging my garden. This shaman and her allies are ready to support our team.

Go, Seahawks!


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Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.

Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. Great article Rose! I love learning greater lessons of connection and through examples like this. How amazing would it be to have a symbol of connection globally that brings us all together as strongly as the 12 does for Seattle Seahawks fans? There is potential for this amazing connection beyond 12 – your article helps inspire me in that vision. For now, GO HAWKS!!!!!! Today I will celebrate the connection above all else. Huge bonus if we win! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Stacey! I totally agree that the positive connection as represented by the 12’s and the team is something that could be channeled into many areas to create change. I look forward to seeing how that energy manifests for you. And Go, Hawks!

  2. Hi Rose. I really enjoyed reading your article about the Seahawks! I moved to Seattle 2 months ago & have never been a football fan. Yet I have found myself drawn in to the Super Bowl frenzy! But it all makes sense since we are all connected energetically. I read recently that Russell Wilson & some of the other Seahawk team members visit the cancer patients at Seattle Children’s hospital every Tuesday which really touches my heart. I also read that the Seahawks team practice yoga & meditation which is so cool! I love it that your sweet cat Sand is just as vocal as you are when watching the game! It brought back sweet memories of when my Siamese cat Cleo would howl along with my sisters & I when we were teens in the 70’s playing the piano and singing Beatle’s songs at the top of our lungs! Have a great day today watching the Super Bowl! Love, Marla

    1. Dear Marla, thank you so much for taking the time to share your stories and experiences. Love the story of Cleo (-: Welcome to Seattle! I have found it to be a pretty friendly city. Yes, coach Pete Carroll is very inspirational in his vision for each of the team members and very pro meditation and other spiritual practices. The fastest growing fan base for the Seahawks is women and I believe it may be because of the unique nature of this team’s connection and willingness to be transparent. I hope you enjoy the day as well, and if you aren’t watching the game perhaps you might enjoy the Kitten Bowl ( Best wishes, Rose

      1. Hi Rose, thanks for the warm welcome to Seattle! And thank you for the link for the kitten bowl! They are very sweet cute kitties! Enjoy the game!

    2. Welcome to Seattle, Marla! I was never a football fan either, and now at 40 I’ve been an avid “Hawks” fan for 2 years. Simply because of the amazing energy and positive thinking they portray that’s got the entire city connected with amazing buzzing energy. Who knows, you may be buying your first football jersey in the near future, lol! (that was a big step for me!). Cheers!

      1. Hi Stacey, thanks for the kind welcome! Who knows, I may get a jersey! I moved to Seattle in December 2014 to have a mastectomy at the UW Medical Center (I already had 5 months of chemo in Spokane) & I am cancer-free now. Feeling this amazing energy in Seattle with so many people bonding together with the Seahawks has helped me take my mind off the challenges of recuperating from chemo & surgery. Also, the incredible beauty of the mountains, water, & evergreens is very healing, too. I read online recently that a porcupine & a crocodile are predicting a Seahawks win today! Enjoy the game!

  3. Hi Rose, Not sure if you remember me. I am Charlene Robin B’s friend from MA. I use to work at her store and we attended Kabbala class for a bit. I am now living here in Lynnwood. I am with you about the SeaHawks. Go Hawks!!!!!

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